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Women's Volleyball Wins a Long One

The UCSD women’s volleyball team headed up the coast in pursuit of a crucial Collegiate Conference Athletic Association victory and were successful in their endeavor, pulling out a victory in one of it’s most hotly contested matches to date. Tyler Huff/ Guardian Sonoma State University proved a worthy challenger, which is something that most teams are unable to claim as of late. Sonoma State took the Tritons to a full, five-game match at Rohnert Park before finally succumbing to defeat. Both came out strong in the initial set, and it took extra points for Sonoma to take the game 17-15. David Pilz/ Guardian This early struggle did little to discourage the Tritons, however, as they blasted back in the second set for a 15-9 win. Fatigue set in for both sides come the third game. Playing three games against a tough opponent takes a lot out of a team, but UCSD had the little bit of extra strength necessary to take the fourth game 15-13. Sonoma State, though, was not about to just roll over and die after all the hard work, and it came out fired up for the fourth, beating the Tritons 15-12 to force the fifth and deciding game. Both teams dug deep in this final set, and came out with an infused intensity. It just was not in the cards for the Sonoma Stat squad, however, as the Tritons took the game and the match with a narrow 15-13 victory in the final game. UCSD was led by standout performances from some of the athletes that have been outstanding all season. Laura Santerre was brilliant on the court. Agan she really rose to the occasion under the added pressure. Her 27 kills led the Triton side in the match, and her 23 digs were second only to teammate Leslie Punelli, who compiled an outstanding tally of 37 for the night. Jennie Wilson also had an impressive evening, chalking up 20 kills and 14 digs for the blue and gold in helping her team pull out the big victory. Sonoma’s losing squad was led by Christine Shiba, who had 21 kills for the home team in the losing effort. The Tritons also had a big match at San Francisco State on Saturday. Unfortunately, results were not available to the Guardian at the time of publishing. Next weekend will be another huge opportunity for the Tritons side to pick up key CCAA victories. They play both Cal State Bakersfield and Cal State Stanislaus in some tough divisional play. ...

Cross Country Holds Own

The UCSD cross country team held its own at the biggest meet of the year this weekend. Lyon Liew/ Guardian The Tritons compared their mettle to other teams of equal caliber at the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championships in Turlock, Calif. this weekend. The men finished in third place out of seven schools while the women took fourth out of 11 schools. The top men’s team was UC Davis, which was unstoppable with only 21 points. Second place was another team from the North, California State University Chico, which tallied 48 points. “”They definitely dominated,”” Ted Van Arsdale said. “”They have a high standard and good traditions in both genders. There were some tough runners on Saturday, it’s just that they were tougher. Davis is the class of the Western Region.”” The Tritons were well behind the top two schools, clinching their third place title with 95 points. Cal State Stanislaus was fourth with 123 points. UCSD’s men were led by a number of underclassmen on the 8,000-meter course. The top Triton finisher was freshman Julian Nahan. Nahan finished 17th in a time of 26:06. Right behind Nahan was sophomore teammate David Dunbar in 18th in a time of 26:07. The third UCSD finisher was junior Jonathan Wong in 24th with the time 26:26. The fourth Triton was sophomore Ana Shapiro in 27th with a 26:33. On Shapiro’s heels was freshman Nik Bringlason, who ran a 26:35 for the 28th spot. The overall top men’s runner was Davis’ Jeff Kaiser, who ran the course in 24:53. Davis and Chico dominated the top spots, taking the first eight positions and 13 of the top 14. On the women’s side it was a similar story. UC Davis dominated, taking the top spot with a untouchable 23 points. Second place was Chico with 61 points and third saw Cal State Los Angeles with 124. UCSD was not far behind, placing fourth with 131 points. Sonoma State was in close pursuit, gathering 138 points for fifth place. “”Some of our women did a terrific job,”” Van Arsdale said. The Tritons’ Mary Peate, who has been performing well all season, finished seventh despite that she was suffering from a cold. The top Triton women finishers for the 6,000-meter competition were also dominated by youth. Sophomore Audrey Sung came in 16th in a time of 23:13. The second Triton finisher was sophomore Caren Jordan in 18th at 23:14. The third finisher from UCSD was freshman Emily Vala-Haynes. Senior Amy Kitchen was the fourth Triton finisher in 35th overall with a 23:56. Fifth place for UCSD went to the Tritons’ junior Amy Wu, who finished 27th overall in 24:03. Next up for UCSD is the NCAA Division II Western Regional Championships at Chino on Nov. 3. ...